Port and harbour security became an issue of growing concern in the wake of the September 2001 (9/11) attacks on the US, the attacks on the naval destroyers USS The Sullivans and USS Cole while tied up in the Port of Aden in Yemen in 2000, and the French oil tanker Limberg in 2002. Prior to these attacks the main focus of port security was often directed at landside threats such as the theft of cargo from containers, warehouses, or ships berthed in port.

Securing perimeter fencing to prevent thieves from accessing the port area including warehouses was often the main concern, particularly in ports adjacent to urban areas. Similarly, there is potential for undocumented migrants to enter a port and attempt to stow away on ships, in containers or in trucks parked in the port area.

Sea and inland ports are important transportation hubs for international commodity trading. Giant container ships lay anchor and discharge their shipments, waiting to go out to sea again with new cargo. Whether by land or by water: The port area may only be accessed by authorised personnel. High-resolution cameras therefore detect everybody who enters the premises and document the ship traffic as well as the movements of people and vehicles at the port’s gateways.

Often, the CCTV/IP video surveillance system is complemented by intelligent video analysis systems which automatically carry out certain processes such as opening barriers or issuing alarms in cases where unidentified vehicles or ships are noticed.

DSSL Group offers a complete suite of services comprising of CCTV, Access control&Perimeter Intruder detection systems to protect port perimeters and gateways. Not only does DSSL provide the full range of security surveillance systems for port security but also focusses on operator safety.

DSSL have successfully installed CCTV on straddle and ship to shore cranes manufactured by KONE & ZPMC to provide operational support for crane operations. CCTV cameras have been installed on cranes in key locations and then integrated into the cranes PLC system to provide automatic CCTV viewing when the crane is in a certain location thus making it easier and safer for container movement.